10 Financial Stocks Seeing Improvement In Analyst Sentiment

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez:The following is a list of financial stocks that have seen improving analyst sentiment over the past three months.

Analyst ratings are presented on a linear scale, where 1 = "Strong Buy" and 5 = "Strong Sell". All of the stocks in our list have seen their ratings move closer to 1, i.e. improving analyst sentiment.

Although analysts still remain cautious on most of these names, the improving sentiment seems to suggest that at least some of the bad news is being priced in by the market. How long before the negative factors are fully priced in? You decide.

Analyst ratings sourced from Reuters, sales and EPS data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the change in analyst ratings.

1. Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH): REIT Industry. Market cap of $2.75B. Analyst rating has changed from 2.78 to 2.22 over the last three months. Short float at 1.66%, which implies a short ratio of 1.6 days. The stock has gained 8.23% over the last year.

2. Kilroy Realty Corp. (KRC): REIT Industry. Market cap of $1.95B. Analyst rating has changed from 2.5 to 2 over the last three months. Short float at 10.57%, which implies a short ratio of 9.41 days. The stock has gained 21.37% over the last year.

3. Fifth Street Finance Corp. (FSC): Credit Services Industry. Market cap of $679.15M. Analyst rating has changed from 2.1 to 1.82 over the last three months. Short float at 7.11%, which implies a short ratio of 9.47 days. The stock has gained 16.9% over the last year.

4. Oriental Financial Group Inc. (OFG): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $556.3M. Analyst rating has changed from 2 to 1.75 over the last three months. Short float at 5.3%, which implies a short ratio of 10.23 days. The stock has gained 7.33% over the last year.

5. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT): REIT Industry. Market cap of $499.04M. Analyst rating has changed from 2.4 to 2.14 over the last three months. Short float at 3.48%, which implies a short ratio of 5.68 days. The stock has gained 53.62% over the last year.

6. Greenhill & Co., Inc. (GHL): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $2.4B. Analyst rating has changed from 2.71 to 2.43 over the last three months. Short float at 14.44%, which implies a short ratio of 19.88 days. The stock has gained 6.51% over the last year.

7. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (PNC): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $32.14B. Analyst rating has changed from 1.7 to 1.53 over the last three months. Short float at 1.63%, which implies a short ratio of 1.91 days. The stock has gained 6.41% over the last year.

8. AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $1.06B. Analyst rating has changed from 1.75 to 1.6 over the last three months. Short float at 7.58%, which implies a short ratio of 13.44 days. The stock has gained 46.69% over the last year.

9. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY): REIT Industry. Market cap of $10.98B. Analyst rating has changed from 1.87 to 1.73 over the last three months. Short float at 5.05%, which implies a short ratio of 2.72 days. The stock has gained 18.46% over the last year.

10. Education Realty Trust Inc. (EDR): REIT Industry. Market cap of $436.64M. Analyst rating has changed from 2.55 to 2.36 over the last three months. Short float at 2.67%, which implies a short ratio of 3.43 days. The stock has gained 46.37% over the last year.



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